Our Team

The Warrior Playground staff is always ready to be of service. Whether you are a first timer with no prior experience or a seasoned veteran who wants to find new ways to become a better ninja. Our classes and private lessons are led by an experienced group of ninjas with a passion for teaching every aspect of the sport of Ninja Obstacle Competition & how to just have fun on any Playground.


"The World is your Playground"


Joseph Mendoza

Performance Director, Fitness & Nutrition Coach

Joseph believes that all must “Create their own reality” in order to achieve anything in life. He guides individuals to believe they can always reach the next level by never giving up or giving in to the easy road. Joseph loves to inspire people to become stronger physically, mentally and emotionally for life. He educates his client’s about the importance of setting realistic goals, the benefits of holistic nutrition and other wellness strategies that support a truly healthy lifestyle.

Joseph has been in the fitness industry for 10 years and counting. He received his undergraduate degree from Metropolitan State University of Denver in 2012 in the field of Human Sports Performance with a focus on Adult Exercise and Science. One of Joseph’s top selected achievements was his experience in his internship with Steadman Hawkins Clinic (Human Sports Performance) where he was mentored by Loren Landow.

Anika & Anabella

Ninja Instructors

Both Anika and Anabella have been training for Ninja Warrior competitions for about 5 years after doing many other sports such as swimming, lacrosse, archery, and volleyball. They both say that ninja warrior training is by far their favorite.

After training for years at Warrior Playground, Anika and Anabella have internalized the coaching systems that have made them top ninja athletes. They have both competed on ANW Jr &

both have placed top 10 at National & World competitions. When an opportunity arose to become an assistant coach, the two girls jumped at the chance to pass on their knowledge to the next generation of athletes.


According to Anika, "Coaching, encouraging, and seeing the kids I coach succeed are some of my most rewarding moments."

Glenn Albright
Ninja Instructor

My name is Glenn Albright, I graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a Bachelors in Sports and Exercise Science. I was a division 1 track and field athlete where I mainly ran the 400 and 400 meter hurdles. After College I did 2 years of volunteer work as a track coach. Around that time I really started to get into ninja and attempted to try out for the show. I walked onto season 9 for Denver but missed my chance to run the course by 2 spots. However I continued to train and for the next two seasons of the show (10 Minneapolis and 11 Seattle/Tacoma) I got to compete. I really find passion in the sport of ninja and have determination at becoming better everyday. I love speed obstacles because it reminds me of my roots in the sport of Track and Field. What I hope to accomplish is giving others the excitement and thrill of doing ninja as well as making sure they’re learning and becoming better for themselves.

Ninja Status:

ANW Season 10 Minneapolis

ANW Season 11 Tacoma City Finalist

ANW Season 12 St Louis

Sam Banola

Owner/ Ninja Instructor/ Personal Trainer

Health and fitness has been a part of Sam's life – for nearly all of his life. His passion for athletic competition has personally led him to training for and competing in a wide variety of sports including boxing, football, mountain biking, snowboarding, soccer, Xterra triathlons, Wrestling, and of course -Ninja Warrior.

For the past 20 years Sam has been both a student and practitioner of health and fitness, helping clients to get leaner, stronger, and more flexible. As such, he has been learning how to improve upon the process with each successive client.

Sam's extensive experience in exercise science and training for sport - allows him to identify specific movement skills that need to be improved and how to strengthen the muscle groups that will enhance that particular skill. Whether for Ninja Obstacle Course work or endurance based obstacle training, Sam can create a program to make you a better competitor. Sam has a B.S. in Exercise Science an M.S. in Cardiac Rehab, and has been a certified strength and conditioning coach through the NSCA since 1996.

Ninja Status:

2021 UNAA World Ninja Challenge 5th Place (40+ age group)

2019 CNL Season 2 Champion (40+ age group)

2018 UNAA World Championships 3rd Place (40 + age group)

ANW Minneapolis Season 10 Competitor 

ANW Denver Season 9 Course Tester

4X UNAA National Qualifier (2016, 2017, 2018,2019)

2018 UNAA Regional Champion (40+ age group)

2017 UNAA Regional 3rd Place

2017 Wolfpack Ninja Tour 2nd place (40+ age group)

2016 UNAA Regional Champion

2016 WolfPack Ninja Smackdown Finalist

2016 Warrior Playground Skills Challenge Champion